New Shampoo Obsession!

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Hi everyone!

I’ve been meaning to write several posts about beauty products that are free of harsh chemicals but today I’ll focus on the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo by Maple Holistics.

You know I’ve had a LOOONG journey finding out what works best for my hair, ditching what doesn’t work, etc. so, I got the opportunity to receive this shampoo from Maple Holistics for me to try it in exchange of my honest review and the verdict is: I’m totally in love! 

First I got the package and I thought:

  1. Mmm… this bottle is small… I don’t know if I’d go for something this small but ok.
  2. Package is not flashy, but I think it’s ok, it serves it’s purpose (it doesn’t have to be flashy! but we’re used to that kind of stuff…)

First time applying it:

  1. This is like other shampoos that are free of harsh chemicals, it doesn’t lather much, but I’m used to this because remember LATHER DOESN’T MEAN CLEAN! It just means there are tons of stuff making your hair brittle and ugly on the long run.

While rinsing it:

  1. O-M-G this is when it got me, I’ve been previously obsessed with essential oils, I use them to go to bed, I use them on my scalp, etc… so rinsing this shampoo was a HUGE surprise for me, my whole bathroom smelled like tea tree essential oil! So it’s been serving a double purpose really: my hair looks and feels amazing and it’s like aromatherapy while I shower!

After several uses:

  1. My hair definitely stays clean for longer (comparing vs the OGX shampoos)
  2. My hair feels very soft and smells amazing for a while

So bottom-line: I totally recommend this product! Like I said, I got the shampoo for my honest review, and I’ve gotten some other stuff before that I just prefer not to write about because seriously I didn’t like them, but this shampoo is everything! 

If you’d like to try it, right now on their website this product has a HUGE discount, regular price is $25 USD per bottle, which is a bit pricey I must say but you can get it on for $8.95 USD!

I’m definitely ready to get a couple more bottles!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

 

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Chairish Challenge: Mix ‘n’ Match Styling

Dining Room Decor
Mix and Match chairs
source: thedesignchaser.com

Hello pretty people!

I know there’s a LOT out there to talk about, I’ve been writing and writing and writing and I don’t seem to get all my ideas together and finally share the post (about the job quitting thingy!).

So, I was glad that I was invited by Chairish.com to this challenge on how would I use Mix ‘n’ Match chairs in a dining room. It’s nice to go back and think of stuff I love doing and I love planning and if you follow me on Pinterest you can see that my Dining Room board has plenty of what inspires me.

As many of my friends know, the dining room that is falling into pieces is the one at my Mom’s house. The chairs are all breaking, we do have a Mix ‘n’ Match thing going on but in a horrible horrible way! And this, being a table for 8, made us realize how difficult it is to replace one chair that’s very specific and we don’t even know who made it! I mean, it’s impossible! So, where’s the rule that says that all chairs in a dining table have to be exactly the same? And I’m not talking “oh, some of them are the armrest kind and some not!”, no… I’m saying… what’s wrong with having completely different chairs? It’s not just interesting and awesome looking, it’s even practical!

Dining Room with Mix and Match Chairs
source: cocolapinedesign.com
source: trendenser.se
source: trendenser.se

So my only rule while doing this is keep in mind what you already have. There are things that can easily be changed like wall color but there are other things that are not as simple/as cheap. We actually did a 100% makeover to the kitchen, dining room and living room but this was year 2001, and what was in on those days well… it’s not that in anymore.

In order to better understand the style the house I grew up in has, you should see the living room (sadly I don’t have any pics of it right now); there we already had black marble installed years ago, so my dad -who did most of the styling back in the day- got a black leather couch. At the time, he loved this black/white combo so it kinds of defines the house decor. He invested a lot on marble/granite counter tops for the kitchen and living room, half of the house floors consist in black marble so it really is an investment and we need to work around it.

For the dining room, he took the table we already had (that wasn’t new in the first place), painted it and reupholstered the chairs to be “black”.  The table is real wood and it’s sturdy but the chairs were not very
strong anymore and with the years they started to break, we slightly incorporated random chairs from the house but this mix and match resulted in a mess.

Sadly… this is what we already have (sorry for the quality, I asked my mom to take the photo and she only has her cellphone):

Old Dining Room

The things I need to consider for this project:

  1. I’m definitely reusing the table. It’s a fine wood table, so I will need to repaint it and refinish it probably using a dark grayish wood color, to have a tone in between all this black and white.
  2. NEW CHAIRS! This is the exciting part… the chairs have to be sturdy, we can’t really afford delicate chairs with my nieces jumping on them and such. We want chairs that are kid friendly in a way that are easy to clean and durable!
  3. Adding GREEN. I want to fill the house with plants and texture, to shake things a little bit. Add pops of green color and what’s better than have plants? Succulents/cactae are perfect for our desert weather.
  4. A new light. With a makeover has to come new lighting, even when I don’t mind our current ceiling lights, I’d like something a bit more dramatic.
  5. Wall art. Do something with all that space!

I want to little by little introduce other textures besides stone in this black and white house. I want to break the “contemporary vs rustic” idea and mix ‘n’ match those styles as well. So, while browsing through all Chairish dining chairs, I found the perfect style for this project and put them together with my vision of this room:

Mix 'n' Match Dining Room
I added a bit of Ikea as always! So what do you guys think? do you like this mix ‘n’ match trend? have you done it in the past?
Thanks as always for stopping by and thanks to Chairish.com for inviting me to this challenge!
xoxo,
Lau
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Morro Bay + Am I becoming a Vegan?

Hello pretty people!

I’m back!!! There’s a lot going on in my life at this moment so I had to take a step back, regroup, and come back with something meaningful.

So… in the past month I spent a week in Monterrey, hanging out with my lovely family, my grandparents, my aunt and cousin; and of course I spent some quality time with the best friends a girl can ask for, Ads and Beto (we missed Conde so we took Count von Count instead -haters will say this is photoshopped-). We went for a hike, and we had some drinks and food. I also visited my Alma Mater and got to say hi to old friends and teachers, it was awesome! I’m already looking forward to go back :).

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I got to spend Mother’s Day with my grandma and aunt, who are like 2nd and 3rd moms to me. I lived with them for 5 years and they took really good care of me, I love them, respect them and appreciate them a lot. We celebrated their day by grabbing more than a bite at Sirloin Stockade; when I was sitting there and eating, I never expected that meat to be the last meat I’ve eaten.

Something happened that night… I stumbled across a Vegan YouTuber while trying to get some sleep and even when I found her quite annoying, she was the opening gate for A LOT of less-annoying-Vegan YouTubers like “That Vegan Couple“… and everything changed for me, it was somewhat a “wake-up call”. So I spent the day after thinking “today I won’t eat meat”… and here I am, a month and a couple of days later and I haven’t had any kind of animals… I’ve had dairy (not as much as I would usually consume), and I had eggs maybe a couple of times.

I’m not a Vegan (yet?), there’s a long way from where I stand to becoming an actual Vegan since it’s a lifestyle not just a diet. What’s missing for me to become a Vegan? Well… here’s a tiny list:

  1. Vegans NEVER wear leather. As you can see in my previous (several) posts, I’m all PRO-leather… I’ve talked about never wearing faux or wearing it just seasonally and going for “the real thing”. Specially with shoes… I’ve written about never buying non-leather shoes again… so as my blog and biggest passion revolves around fashion, this is BIG.
  2. Vegans don’t eat dairy/eggs/honey. I still use honey as a sweetener for my detox drinks and I still pour some milk on my coffee and had cheese several times.

There’s a LOT more to the Vegan lifestyle and for that reason I’m going to join YouTubers and talk about my experience transitioning from an omnivore to an herbivore/plant-based human. I’m far away from becoming a Vegan, right now I’m at the Vegetarian stage of it (and definitely Pro-Vegan), but I will make veganism my ultimate goal.

So, it’s sad for me to say the following, I won’t promote leather goods anymore! (even Kate Spade’s leather goods 🙁 ), I will be wearing the stuff I have already because financially I’m in no position to change my whole wardrobe, but I won’t link to/promote anything that could come up on my OOTD photos involving leather or animal suffering. That’s my first step on the fashion matter… next step is never buying those things again. Once they’re done, they’re done.

This is a BIG thing for me, actually some people in my family will found out about it with this post, I really expect your support. As I said before, a video explaining the whole process and what made me change my mind will come up soon.

So… with that being said. I’ll move on to the OOTD portion of the blog. I made a pause to my “Parisian Chic” project because last post was precisely about leather and it didn’t feel quite right :(, and I’ll show you how I wore the romper I bought on Old Navy Easter Bonanza sale (wrote about it here). This is my first “Tall” sized romper and I totally loved it!!!

am I vegan

Morro Bay OOTD

Morro Rock OOTD Accesories

Morro Rock OOTD

This past weekend was my first time at The Morro Bay, CA. I really loved the giant rock and the view was amazing! Sadly it was cloudy most of the day :(, I still can’t get my tan as you can see by the color of my pale legs (and they used to be worse!).

What I’m wearing:

  • Old Navy “Tall” Romper in Medium
  • Sandals and pretty handbag are from Ross.
  • Kate Spade watch as seen here.
  • O by Oscar de la Renta Sunglasses seen here.

Please follow me on Instagram to see what I’m eating on a day to day basis! and subscribe to get notifications of my posts. A lot of good stuff coming up I promise!  (including me quitting my job!!!)

xoxo,

Laura

 

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À la Parisienne: The Leather Jacket

leather jacket magnificent seven

leather jacket magnificent seven

Hello pretty people!

Voici my 3rd item on the “Magnificent Seven” from Inès de la Fressange’s Parisian Chic. I’ve talked about this leather jacket before; I’ve had it since forever! When thinking about my trench coat and this jacket I truly can see why these are “magnificent”, they’re timeless pieces! I can’t really remember a period of time where I didn’t wear them since I’ve had them. They’re not “tall” sized and that’s kind of a bummer… years ago I didn’t even know “tall sizes” existed or were a “thing”. That’s the main reason I reaaaally want a tall leather jacket; I love this one but I want one that fits on my shoulders, on my arms, etc. still, I use this one a lot.

I’ve researched a bit about other bloggers or publishers talking about these 7 amazing items! A lot of pros and cons, a lot of people thinking “they’re just not for them” because certain colors are suggested like “tan”, “navy blue”, etc… and they don’t think those are flattering colors for them; I’ll say: don’t worry about that! The leather jacket Inès shows is brownish but I believe any color makes the jacket a unique piece. You can wear it with a dress, you can wear it with blue jeans, you can even wear it with a hoodie like I did here.

I’m also wearing:

  • the same striped tee I used with one of my full skirts on this post
  • my inseparable Kate Spade handbag seen a 1000 times
  • Timberland booties seen before here
  • Kate Spade Grammercy watch (see unboxing here!)
  • Jacket is super old, from Wilson’s Leather

Get this stuff -or similar when they’re no longer available- from Amazon (remember I’m an Amazon affiliate and I could earn some money with these links; still, I would never recommend anything I don’t truly love):

Thank you as always for stopping by and please subscribe for more posts!

xoxo,

Laura

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À la Parisienne: The Blazer

blazer and jeans

blazer and jeans outfit

blazer and jeans

jeans kate spade handbag

the blazer outfit

white blazer

So this is Part #2 of my Parisian Chic project: The Blazer.

I reaaally need to get my hands on the book because I see some sites quoting a “Man’s blazer”… this is not a Man’s blazer and I didn’t pick it Black, I have done more than a couple of other outfit posts with blazers and well, this blazer only got one and deserves another chance.

I love it so much! I really love the fit, it’s not meant for tall girls but it fits well, I mean I have to roll up my sleeves but I’m actually used to it and it couldn’t be better for spring!

As seen before, this blazer is from H&M, I got it on my trip to Chicago 1.5 years ago, it was love at first sight! Talking about Chicago, it made me remember me wearing my trench over there, so I will be sharing another photo of it as well, this time being worn with a dress 🙂

Details of my outfit:
– AMAZING Old Navy Tall Mid-Rise Super Skinny Rockstar jeans. I posted about buying them as part of Old Navy’s Easter Bonanza Sale. I believe this will be THE blue jeans I write about on my Parisian jeans section, still not sure. I love how I can roll them up just for the fun of it!!! Like… look! I have fabric left! I will do this just for my own pleasure! (I’ve talked about my journey with jeans and I will talk about it some more…)
– H&M Blazer (old)
– Old Navy blouse, this is an M – Regular size, I got it from Las Americas Outlet store also like 3 years ago, super high quality material, it’s silky and it doesn’t wrinkle easily!
– I’m also wearing my no-brand nude pumps that REALLY deserve a break, the right heel is destroyed! (Thanks to my office’s parking lot that has a bunch of pebbles instead of pavement!)
– My Kate Spade handbag seen multiple times before!

As always, thank you for your time, for reading me, I really appreciate it!

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xoxo,

Laura

p.s. I’m not an Old Navy/H&M/Kate Spade affiliate (I wish), I really love these products and I recommend them because of that. But I am an Amazon affiliate so if you buy something on my links I could get a % as a sale commission. 

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